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No Tolerance for Fireworks in Urbandale

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by Phil Prazan

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Setting off fireworks may be a Fourth of July tradition for many Iowa families, but they are illegal in the state.

Even though from the sound of things Thursday, a lot of people break the law, it doesn't mean police are lax about it.

Urbandale Police have a zero tolerance policy and they aren't just waiting on complaints, they'll be out there looking for lawbreakers.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, around 8,700 firework related injuries were treated in emergency departments last year.

Urbandale Officer Jessica Winter is patrolling to make sure none of those numbers come from Urbandale.

They won't only take your fireworks away but you'll have to appear in court.

This year, the daytime was very calm - mostly people obeying the law with a few 4th of July parties.

During our ride-along Thursday evening, Officer Winter was prepared for the nighttime when things pick up a bit.

"You could blow off your hand, or lose a finger, an eye–injury is not un–common.  They are projectiles a lot of them," says Officer Winter.

Urbandale has had this zero tolerance policy for about a decade, so they do say people have gotten the message and keep the firework displays to the professionals.

Urbandale did have a city fireworks show Thursday night.

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